Withering Glance: Things We Love

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 16, 2014 - 1:59 PM


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Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.


CP: The other day I unsealed the tomb and let some actual outside air into the house. It smelled like a rained-on leaf. Loved that.


RN: I became a little weak in the knees when I got a whiff of my first freshly mowed lawn of the season. I felt compelled to dab the scent on pulse points.


CP: Minnesotans appreciate spring’s extremely late arrival like Cher embraces the bugle bead and the cantilevered headdress. What else is making you glad all over?


RN: Cher, for starters, because La Sarkisian is gracing Target Center next month. The arena’s upcoming $97 million renovation is also elevating my mood. We have barely seen a rendering, but let’s face it: Any fix to that eyesore is going to be an improvement.


CP: Elsewhere on the pop-rock continuum, I’m happy that the Replacements will give their long-awaited hometown reunion concert in September. Who needs palm trees at Coachella when you can perform alongside the train tracks at Midway Stadium?


RN: Exactly. I’m also pleased to see that the exercise in tackiness that is Block E’s faux-Ye-Olde-Towne facade is coming down. The complex is being renamed Mayo Clinic Square, for its new primary tenant. On several urban design blogs, I’ve seen it referred to as MC². Heh.


CP: Just so long as they leave the Shout! House. That dueling-pianos bar is irreplaceable.


RN: I fear you are being sarcastic, and that is so not the theme of this bluebirds-and-rainbows edition of the Glance.


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